Does the type of armor matter? I know that Power Armor has a negative impact on stealth but I haven't really found anything substantial about other armors. Will I be detected more often when wearing metal armor than leather?

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    I know that in Fallout 3, stealth is affected by your armor's weight. Not sure about Fallout 4, but I've had an easier time sneaking around after unequipping all of my metal armor.
    – Nolonar
    Nov 15, 2015 at 18:16

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Your ability to sneak is directly effected by the weight of the armor you're wearing.

In most cases, it would be better to have lighter armor equipped.

If you have at least rank 4 in the Science! perk, you can modify your power armor chest with a stealth boy. This greatly increases the stealth capabilities, and would likely outweigh the stealth benefits of wearing lighter armor.

  • Ok, thanks for the explanation. OT:Exposing my own ignorance but I've read somewhere that the SB mod only works when you stand still. Is this true?
    – Sandokan
    Nov 16, 2015 at 16:02
  • Ill have to test that myself. I havnt used one in a long time.
    – user106385
    Nov 16, 2015 at 21:12
  • Do you know how much the armour weight affects stealth?
    – SaintWacko
    Nov 18, 2015 at 16:03
  • No. But if it hasnt been answeres by the time GECK is out, i imagine it would not be hard for me to determine
    – user106385
    Nov 18, 2015 at 16:47
  • Based on what? I cant find any info anywhere about this Sep 25, 2022 at 2:20

Currently the stealth boy for the Power Armor does show only when you are staying still. However the stealth boy for normal use shows you invisible when you're moving. However the description of the stealth boy power armor upgrade simply says that it activates a stealth field when crouched, so... It is currently unknown if this is a bug or not.

P.S. While the third person view does show you visible when moving while crouched in power armor, its possible that this is only a visual bug and either more extensive testing is required, or people will know for sure when the Creation Kit comes out.

  • It is only active while still, though it's moderately easy to mod that away so you can have full stealth whenever you are "sneaking". Insanely powerful that way. Nov 22, 2015 at 17:58

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